1st Quarter Finalists Announced in the International L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest

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Australia and United States represented in the first round of the year.

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The Writers of the Future Contest is the most effective means for aspiring writers to make their break in the publishing industry

In what is known as the most effective contest of its kind in the world for discovering new talent, finalists for the 1st Quarter of the 31st year of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, specializing in fantasy and science fiction, were announced today by Joni Labaqui, contest Director.

The finalists are from Australia, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Utah.

First Quarter Finalists

William Anderegg of New Jersey
Michael T. Banker of New York
Robert Finegold of Maine
Julie Frost of Utah
Auston Habershaw of Massachusetts
Tim Napper of Australia
Martin Shoemaker of Michigan
Doug C. Souza of California

The eight finalists stories are sent to four of the contest judges. Of those eight stories, three winners will be chosen from that quarter as winners. There is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner every quarter. They are awarded cash prizes, a week long intensive workshop, an awards ceremony and are also published in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.

A Grand Prize winner is also announced at the annual awards ceremony, and is awarded an additional $5,000.00.

“The Writers of the Future Contest is the most effective means for aspiring writers to make their break in the publishing industry,” Labaqui said. “That’s because our winners are judged by professional writers from a pool of thousands of entries worldwide.” Well-known contest judges include multiple Nebula and Hugo Award winners and finalists such as Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer, Dave Wolverton, and Sean Williams, to name a few.

“The chance of being published elsewhere in the publishing industry is much smaller,” Labaqui said. “Only three out of every 10,000 manuscripts submitted in the United States each year get published—1,800 are science fiction and fantasy novels—and most of them are written by established authors. This is one very effective way to get in the door for the newcomer.”

For more information about the contest, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com. Or call the contest at 323-466-3310.

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